Submitted by Jim Aune on October 9, 2005 - 11:34am
Things should be interesting here on Monday night; too bad I'm teaching my graduate class. I confess I'm disturbed by the following, partially on pragmatic grounds (who will be persuaded by such a protest?) and partially because I have my doubts that the majority of the protestors have read Huntington's work. The only arguments against him thus far are personal anecdotes, not serious grappling with his statistical generalizations--generalizations with which I disagree, but I detest the idea that some ideas are simply beyond discussion. Have at me for saying that. . .
On Monday, October 10 from 6:00-7:30PM at the Bush School Fountain, a coalition of campus and community groups is gathering for a peaceful protest against the ideas of Samuel Huntington. That evening, Huntington will be giving a Texas A&M University Distinguished Faculty Lecture inside the Bush School, and our protest outside is a response.
* Opposes Huntington's ideas and his disparaging views of immigrants. We celebrate Mexican, Mexican American, and Latino cultures, support a multicultural vision of American society, and embrace America's diverse immigrant heritages.
* Supports the rights of people with whom we disagree to express their views, and we do not oppose Huntington's right to speak. We also assert our right to express our dissent.
* Believes that Texas A&M University should raise the starting pay for all full time workers to a living wage. Samuel Huntington, a man whose work disparages Mexican and Mexican American culture, is being paid $10,000 for one evening's work. At the same time, over 800 of TAMU's full time workers, many of whom are Mexican American, are paid poverty wages. We urge Texas A&M to fully fund the Living Wage Initiative. (For more on the Living Wage Initiative, see http://jpi.tamu.edu/LivingWage/)
The protest coalition includes Faculty and Staff Committed to an Inclusive Campus, Make Aggieland Safe for Everyone, the League of United Latin American Citizens, The Mexican American and Latino Faculty Association, and Comunidad Luchando Unida Por La Educacion (Community United in the Struggle for Education). Come join us!
Harris M. Berger
Faculty and Sttaff Committed to an Inclusive Campus